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Re: IRC tutorial - can only be accessed by members

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:51:09 -0500
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Cc: Marja Koivunen <marja@annotea.org>, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Message-ID: <20060120205109.GA21121@postdiluvian.org>

* Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us> [2006-01-20 13:55-0600]
> The part that Ralph was pointing at was this:
> ---------
> Team IRC Conventions
> Addressing and referring to people by name
>     In W3C we frequently use IRC for taking real-time meeting minutes 
> (the "scribe" role). In this use it is necessary to be able to 
> clearly attribute remarks to someone other than the IRC nick who 
> typed the message. We use the convention "Name: remark" to indicate 
> that 'Name' said (or was heard to have said) 'remark'. Then, to 
> address a message (e.g. a question or an answer) to someone we use 
> "Name, please clarify". Note that some IRC clients have an 
> auto-completion feature that finishes a nick when you start to type 
> it. The default setting for many auto-completers is to end the nick 
> with a ':'. This is usually the wrong thing for W3C channels. A 
> command such as "/set completion_char ," may make your IRC client 
> follow W3C conventions more often.
> Out of band or off the record comments
>     W3C house style is to use "action" messages to denote out-of-band 
> or off-the-record comments. Most irc clients have a command called 
> "/me" that generates this type of message. Clients generally display 
> these messages in a different style from normal messages; typically 
> an asterisk ('*') at the start of the line and no punctuation around 
> the irc nick; for example, the irc command "/me waves" might result 
> in the discussion window showing the text " * Ralph waves". To 
> reinforce the intent that such messages be side comments, the 
> RRSAgent logging tool excludes these messages from the Web log.
>     When irc is used to keep meeting minutes it is important to 
> distinguish what was actually said in the meeting from side 
> conversations that were not heard by all (i.e., on a teleconference). 
> Ralph encourages the use of square brackets around messages that are 
> intended to be side comments for the log; e.g. "[Ralph agrees]".
> --------
> Ralph and other W3C guys, forgive me if I just committed a breach of 
> the something-or-other, but none of this seemed particularly secret.

The something-or-other was

The page seems a useful one for W3C to make public, imho.


> There is a lot more stuff that gets used by the chair and scribe to 
> drive the various W3C IRC bots, but mostly these should be ignored by 
> mere WG members.
> Pat
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